Cruise Terminal in Suzhou, China

A professional network for cruise terminal operators in Asia was inaugurated in Suzhou, China, today to play a leading role in developing an Asian cruise playground and a new niche tourism market for the region.

Present at the ceremony were several heads of Asian tourism bodies, including Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board Director-General Datuk Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, said Globalports Pte Ltd, a seaport development and marketing company that serves as the secretariat for the Asia Cruise Terminal Operators Network (ACTON).

ACTON was inaugurated by founding members Malaysia, the Philippines and China, it said in a statement here.

It said ACTON was formed based on the need among cruise terminal operators in the region to work together closely to meet the needs and expectations of the stakeholders as well as the challenges of the future.

“With a large number of terminal operators at different stages of development having different facilities and under different management controls, communicating on a standard platform could prove to be a challenge.

“With ACTON present as a central coordinator, fluency of communication at different levels can be realised to develop and formalise a common collaborative framework,” Globalports said.

It also quoted Mirza as saying that Malaysia was keen to facilitate dialogue through this network whilst tapping into the cruise tourism industry and market.

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